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I research all Goldens, and similar names,  whose family lines are believed to have settled in North America before 1800. Am in search of my Goldens — but find it quicker to collect them all and then to sort them out. As of mid-2018, I also research Gouldman and Keeling families that originated in Virginia prior to 1800.

Our Goulden/Golden line appears to have descended from the Keeling line that settled in Virginia, closely related to George Keeling (c1650 VA – 1720 NC) and Edward Keeling (c1640 EN/VA – 1697 VA). Our Gouldens may also have been Gouldmans briefly between 1660-1710/20 when the Goulden name was first recorded in the Rappahanock, Virginia area. My belief is that the Gouldmans also descend from Keelings.

So while I may not be related to your Goldens or Gouldings or Gouldens or …. I do want to know about them, and may be able to help find new information about them.

Best regards,
William “Bill” Golden

Golden Keeling Family 2019

Golden Genealogy and Family History

Golden DNA Test Research – Free Testing – Limited Offer

DNA Testing of select Golden males lines is offered at no cost. See post for details. Testing is limited to Golden males born to a Golden father from a specific Golden male line being researched.


George Keeling, c1680-1759, was NOT an Irish Lord

Claims that George Keeling Jr, c1680 VA – 1759 NC, was an Irish lord family appear in various genealogies published by several descendant Henderson family and Williams kin. These claims were still included in updated genealogies from the 1920s.

Golden Genealogy and Family History

John Golden, alias Golding, hung for piracy – a court case that reverberates today re ‘Stateless Combatants’

The trial of Golden/Golding and others is documented within A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason, Volume 12. The particular trial is “Trial of Thomas Jones and others as pirates, though acting under King James II. commission, 5 William and Mary, A. D. 1693”.

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Fleetwood Augustus Golden (1875-1965) of Laurens, South Carolina

Fleetwood Augustus Golden, Birth: 1875 (Newberry or Laurens County) South Carolina. Death: 1965 Burial: Liberty Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Cross Hill, Laurens County, South Carolina


Massacre of Smith Family and Slaves, Long Cane, Abbeville SC, 1776

Caraway Grandparents — As of July 2023, plentiful (10+) DNA matches have been made between our Goldens living near (Newberry SC) to the Smith-Caraway family (Abbeville SC). These matches strongly indicate that our Goldens had a Caraway grandparent within 1-2 generations preceding 1776.

Golden Genealogy and Family History

Jefferson “Jeff” Davis Golden, 1883-1966

Golding / Golden / Goulding et al Family History on Facebook Jeff Golden served in the U.S. Army during World War I (1918-19) as a member of the Ordnance Corps. Rank: PFC. After the war he returned to Oconee, South Carolina, but at some time between 1920 and 1927 he went North where he met … Read more

Golden Genealogy and Family History

Arriving in America – 1607 to 1699 — Family history and genealogy for surnames of Golden, Golding, Goulding, Goldman, Gouldman, Goleman, Golman, Golmon and other similar families.


Keelings Arriving in Americas

Edward Keeling arrives in Virginia at New Kent County, in 1680 … 1680 Jul 10: … Edward Keeling … Richard Clark, 736 acs., New Kent Co., S. side of Yorke Riv., at the mouth of little cr., where it falls into Skimino Cr; adj. William Whitmore; land formerly Arthur Price’s, neare the Labour in Vaine Path, &c; 10 July 1680, p. 42. Trans. of 15 pers: Samll Higins (or Stigins) [Samuel Higgins / Stigins], Walter Patso, Nich. Young, Ben. Heath [Benjamin Heath], Tim. Boyter [Timothy Boyter], Tim. Hatches [Timothy Hatches], Ed. Keeling [Edward Keeling], Rich. Gregory [Richard Gregory], Rob. Smith [Robert Smith], Jno. Hailes [Jonathan / Johnathan Cooke], Danll. Ware [Daniel Ware], Jos. Fellowes [Joseph Fellowes]; “one more”.

Golden Genealogy and Family History

Thomas Goulden of Bush River, Newberry, SC (c1720-aft 1790)

THOMAS GOULDEN, c1720-bef 1800   I believe that the father of our grandfather William Goulden is Thomas Goulden.   This is based upon circumstantial evidence. I have also collected DNA information on numerous other Golden, Golding etc families living in the area — which eliminates many of these families from consideration as being paternally related. … Read more

Golden Genealogy and Family History

Green Golding (Golden) Appointed Commissioner of Roads, Bridges & Ferries, 1821, South Carolina

Green Golding (Golden) is appointed in 1821 as a Commissioner of Roads, Bridges and Ferries in the Parish of Saint Bartholomew, South Carolina.